Why does CMRH celebrate social justice?
The CMRH Social Justice Awards is an annual honour event to recognise leaders that support social justice policies in the public and community services to close a gap in healthcare, education, community development, housing, employment, food security, racism, and discrimination.
CMRH addresses social determinants of health that cause mental illness. The interaction between mental health and social justice deserves recognition as mental health affects social justice, and more importantly, social justice affects mental health. Treating mental health is social justice and a human right. Our psychosocial model acknowledges the overwhelming impact of lived experience and social environment in shaping mental health.
Our work aims to showcase leadership success and valued achievements through addressing inequities and inequalities based on cultural, social, economic, and political factors, including access to decent housing, employment, education, training, food security, youth justice, healthcare, racism, and discrimination.
We believe CMRH could deliver through cooperative, collaborative approaches, interprofessional practice, education, and research.
Basic of social justice
We believe everyone deserves basic needs, equal opportunities, equal protection, and the responsibility to grow with equal rights in our societies.
Who should get an award?
There are significant gaps between communities, people`s rights and privileges, and the reality of lives they pursue in a reflective world. Following a path to social justice meant great work in closing gaps by being inclusive in the communities full of diversity while empowering them. CMRH Social Justice Awards recognise individuals who work hard to brigde the gap between the “haves” and the “have nots” in a way that ensures that one and all in every community has the confidence and power to shape their future.
Categories of Awards
We honour Outstanding Social Justice Awards leadership in the following categories of award:
|Mental Healthcare||Employment Advocacy||Mental Health Research|
|Education Advocacy||Racism & Discrimination||Homelessness & Housing|
|Food Security||Youth Justice||Healthcare System|
|Legal Advocacy||Law Enforcement||Sports, and Physical Health|
|Public Service||Community Service||Academic|
Awards, Nomination Criteria and Process
Individuals, groups, and organisations are eligible for nomination. If groups and organisations recommend an individual who has an outstanding achievement for one or more years in the awards categories above, deem the following eligibility criteria below:
- Advocates for change designed to improve mental health and social wellbeing from underrepresented communities, including refugee, asylum seekers, migrant, new and emerging communities.
- Advance social justice, and human rights through one or more stated categories.
- Support policies and advocates for inclusive of diverse values and perspectives in the advancing needs of the vulnerable and socioeconomic status.
Nomination Process and Notification
The nomination will be solicited and besought in the middle of every December from CMRH staff. The nomination will be submitted via this form.
- The CMRH Social Justice Award Committee will review the nomination.
- The proposed nominees will be presented to the CMRH board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
- The CEO will have the final approval of the award recipient.
- All nominations are due by January 5 every year, and mid-January will notify the award recipient.
The award is shared with the CMRH Executive members, and a presentation will be made through commencement on January.
CMRH NOMINATION FORM
How to nominate:
- Any individual, a group or an organisation may submit a maximum of one nomination per year.
- Each nominee must be submitted on a separate form.
- All nominees must live or work within Australia.
- All nominations will be carefully considered, and the decisions of the CMRH Social Justice Nomination Committee and CEO will be final.